The international conference ART’S IMPACT ON THE IMAGE OF THE CITY

Can art contribute to making everyone feel good in the city? And in this light, what is the potential that is brought about by the projects realized in the public space? Are they dialogue-related, are they exclusive or are they just an ornament of the city life? In other words: do they make things more esthetic or are they carriers of change?

To what extent can we, as creators and organizers of such activities, contribute to the meeting of the postulate of Irish artist and curator Paul O’Neill for the “creation of a sense of existence outside” by creating conditions in which “various social groups can mix, coexist and look for a >>(per)formative basis for the emerging community<<”?


The presentations and discussions will be held in Polish and English.

9:30 – 10:00 Pre-conference sign-in, coffee to welcome
10:00 – 10:20 Welcome and opening word: PhD Agnieszka Wołodźko
PANEL I: Hospitable city? Moderator: Lena Prents
10:20 – 10:45 PhD Agata Skórzyńska, A remedy, Botox or Prozac? The participation project and the institution in crisis
10:45 – 11:10 PhD Vaidotas Dapkevicius, Fight for public urban space
11:10 – 11:35 Elżbieta i Ewa Okroy, Work and art, art and fun. Fantasies about urban space
11:35 – 11:55 Coffee break
11:55 – 12:20 Tania Candiani, Case study I: Presentation of own community art projects (Mexico)
12:20 – 12:45 Jadwiga Charzyńska, Case study II: Outdoor Gallery of Gdańsk (Gdańsk)
12:45 – 1:10 pm Monika Domańska, Case study III: Traffic Design Festival (Gdynia)
1:10 – 1:35 pm Grete Aagaard, Case study IV: project Gæstebúd – Feast/Hospitality (Århus)
1:35 – 1:40 pm Summary of panel I
1:40 – 2:30 pm Lunch (catering)

PANEL II: Projects in public space realized in the framework of the project Close Stranger – attempts of evaluation. Moderator: Dr. Agnieszka Wołodźko
2:30 – 3:30 pm Presentation of completed projects
3:30 – 4:45 pm Panel discussion connected with editing of a text of recommendation Panelists: Grete Aagaard, Tania Candiani, Jadwiga Charzyńska, PhD Vaidotas Dapkevicius, Monika Domańska, Torun Ekstrand, Lena Prents, Elżbieta Okroy, Ewa Okroy, PhD Agata Skórzyńska, PhD Agnieszka Wołodźko.
4:45 – 5:00 pm Summary and closing of the conference
5:00 – 7:00 pm Transfer of speakers and official guests of the conference to the Lower City. Walk with a presentation of artistic projects realized in this district
7:30 pm Dinner, Cafe Bar Mon Balzac, Gdańsk; 36/39, Piwna Str.

The conference is conducted within the project Close Stranger realized from the end of 2012 till December 2014 by Laznia CCA, the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts and Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre. The project includes exhibitions, publications, study trips, art residencies for visual and sound artists from Gdańsk, Klaipeda and Kaliningrad, conferences, workshops and other artistic events. Artistic director of the project at Laznia CCA is Dr. Agnieszka Wołodźko.